A physician assistant is a medical professional who aidsthe physician to carry out all his activities. The role of the physician assistant is not a difficult task toexecute as it involves the tasks relatedto administration like arranging appointments, informing patients about the doctor’s availability, explaining the treatment procedure to the patients along with cost required for the surgery. The applicant applying for the position of physician assistant under a physician or any hospital needs to acquire minimum educationqualification and clear the interview. The common questions that are placed by any recruiter to the physician assistant are given below.
1. Brief me about yourself?
It is the basic and first question in any interview that the recruiters ask irrespective of the field and position that you are applying for. Start the answer by giving you name followed by your educational qualification, hobbies and interests, family background. Keep the answer short and brief and try to give the complete information within less time.
2.Give your educational qualifications?
It is the most important question and every applicant need to possess minimum educational qualification required for the job. Try to explain briefly about the educational background that you have and how they can help you out in building bright career.
3.Can you give difference between the nurse and medical assistant?
It is common misconception that the roleof both the nurse and medical assistant is same. The interviewers mainly focus on this question if you are new to the field. Make sure that you have a perfect answer for this question. Giving exact answer for this question gives an opinion that the applicant is well versed in the medical field.
4. What are the professional courses and assistance programs that you havecompleted and give the certifications that you have acquired?
Apart from the educational qualification, it is good to complete some certification programs that help you in getting the job easily. Givethe list of certifications (if any) that you have completed. The certification gives you perfect edge overthe other applicants.
5.What is your specialization?
As medical is very vast, every individual gets specialized in a specific field based on their interest. Tell about yourspecialization in the field that may include emergency, internal medicine or any other field. It is goodto be specialized, as it creates positive impact on the mind of the recruiter.
6.What kind of medical services you can offerto the patients?
Answer this question by specifying the type of services that you can offer the patients visiting the hospitals. The services may include order for diagnostic tests, record the patients condition, therapeutic health care etc.
7. Describe your day at work?
Before answering this question, try to make a list oftasks that you need to execute or the tasks that you have done in you previous job. You can brief your daily work that may include assigning priorityto tasks such as office work, offering are to patients, ordering for medical supplies , diagnostic tests, and recording the patientshealthcondition and updating the same in the case sheet.
8.What are the cases that you refer the patients to the physician?
The answer should be very accurate and try to describe the situation when you refer the patients to chief doctors. Explain the situation briefly.
Eg: if the patient needs high level medical care theni will refer the patient to the physician.
9. Howacademics helped you to prepare for this profession?
It is most tricky question and answer for such type of question should be prepared in advance.
Eg:demonstrate how you have handled the education, part timework and voluntary work. And explain about acquiring certification that you have done during the education period. Make the recruiter feel that you can handle multiple tasksand you possess excellent time management skills.
10. List theproblems facedby the American health care industry?
To answer this question, you need to have a good knowledge of health care industry in America. It will be good, if you be up to date with the things happeningin the medical field. Instead of reading few journals thatsharethe information,be prepared for this question and try to collect as much as information before the interview.
11.Why you are willing to become physicianassistant and why not nurse practitioner?
It is an important question that you need to answer perfectly. Try to give the differences that you know between the physician assistant and nurse practitioner. And give the benefits that you have by selecting this field and express the interest that you have towards the role of physician assistant.
12. Have you applied for any other jobs?
The answer to this question should be given honestly and list out the program for which you have applied by giving proper reason for applying to these programs.
13.Why should we hire you and how you are different from other applicants?
You need to speak on the prerequisitesthat you have satisfied for becoming physician assistant, your real timeexperience (if any), courses that you have completed and the certification that you acquired.You need to convince the interviewer and make him believe that you are best when comparedto other applicants.
14.According to you, what does a physician assistant do?
The answer that you give should focuson the practical experiences if you are experienced. And if you are fresher, then try to elaborate on the knowledge that you have about the profession.
15. Can you describe the stressful situation that have undergone and how you managedit?
By asking this question, the interviewer is trying to test your stress management skills and how you work under pressure times. And the way you can handle the emergency situations. Don’t make the recruiter feel that you become panic easily during the stress times.
16.What are your great strengths and weakness?
The recruiter is trying toestimate you attitude and strengths that you possess. Be prepared for this questionprior to the interview. Make list of great strengths and weakness that you have. While listing weakness try to brief the one’s that does not make a negative impression in recruiter’s mind.
Eg: I have a good memory, good people skills and possess strong leader ship qualities and never forget to give a perfect examplefor strengths.
Eg: A weakness that you can say is I don’t look for the time until the work assigned to me is finished.
17.Brief about your previous employer?
The interviewer is trying to push you into difficultsituation. The answer for this question should start with the name of the previous employer, designation, field that you have worked in, number of years you have worked for the company or under the employer. But never make bad comments about your previous company as it makes a negative impact in the recruiter’s mind.
18. What is the salary that you are expecting?
You need to be alert before answering this question, because if any thing wrong happens you may end up losing the job. So try to push the question back to the recruiter by saying that I think the company has already fixed specific range for the qualified professionals. Check whether the salary range that they offer matches your expectation or not. If not then give your salary scale but don’t argue for the salary.
19.What are the medical books and non medical books that you have read recently?
Start the answer by saying that reading is of one of my hobbies. I always prefer to read books thatare relate to medical field to update my knowledge and some times I also read comic books forrecreation purpose. The main intention to place this question is check how you spend the time wisely.
20. If a patient has HIV, will you offer medical care to him?
Never give answer that I won’ treat such kind of people. The main aim of the physician assistant is to offer care to the patient irrespective of caste,sex, status and the previous medicalcondition. Try to focus mainly on this point so that recruiter feels you have strong commitment towards serving every one.
21.What are the general tasks of physician assistant?
The recruiter is trying to gauge yourknowledge about the role of physician assistant and the tasks that are associated with the job. Beforethe interview, try to know the various tasks thatare to be executed by the physicianassistant working in a hospital.
Eg: the general tasks associatedwith the job are arranging appointments, informing whether doctoris available or not to the patients by attending calls, greeting the patients, assisting the physician incarrying out his daily activities, recording the vital signs of the patient and updating it in the sheet, order for the diagnostic exams and explain about the surgery procedure